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Lord Rear Admiral - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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361 Ratings
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Ratings: 361
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 150
Gots: 30 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Three Floyds version of an ESB, this deep amber ale has a complex malt sweetness and pronounced apricot hoppiness. Named after Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson.

55 IBU

(Beer added by: scruffwhor on 04-02-2007)
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Photo of cpetrone84
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on Draught at the brewery.

A-deep copper colored beer with brown hues allowing light to shine through. two fingers of a medium thickness, off white head that retains for some time leaving a decent lacing on the glass

S-citrus and grapefruit hops hit the nose first with a faint hint of a sweet caramel malt

T-a light caramel malt hits the tongue first followed by a nice light citrus hop taste and a very light bitter finish

M-very smooth and very limited amount of carbonation with a pretty nice medium body

D-very well balanced favoring the hops make this a super tasty beer that is backed by a great mouthfeel

cpetrone84, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of PrinceDarren
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Horseshoe Casino's Vintage 51 bar served in a pint glass. Wow, what an incredible ESB!

The aroma hops are huge in this beer. Smells very floral and fruity. Intense. Surprisingly, the hop character doesn't come through on the palate nearly as much (which it should not for this style - this isn't an IPA after all). I've never experienced a beer that is so very hoppy on the nose that does not also come through overly powerful on the tongue. Well done!

Tastes creamy, fruity, moderately bitter and completely refreshing. Quite enjoyable and very drinkable. It is powerful, yet could be sessionable in any season.

Taking into consideration the style, I can give this beer nothing less than a perfect rating. I truly believe that it cannot be improved upon any further as a draft ale. Except to say that I think it would be even more incredible as a cask ale. It is the perfect ESB.

Admiral Lord Nelson just raised the bar for this category.

Attention Three Floyds! Are you listening? You MUST make as a hand pulled cask ale version of this.

PrinceDarren, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of dfillius
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in an imperial/nonic pint glass at FFF Brew Pub. I'm psyched that this place now falls on the route between home and the in-law's. I've stopped here for lunch twice now on the way and had great beer and food both times.

A: 1 finger cream colored head with great retention. Hazy brownish amber liquid.
S: Pacific NW hops are dominant. Dank and weedy. Very nice. Couldn't get a read on any malt
T: Piney, a tad tannic and harsh. Tasty though. Not very malty. Biting alcohol
M: A bit astringent, very bitter.
D: Very good. I'd order another and buy a sixer. I tried to buy a growler, but the batch was too small to allow that they said :-( Bottles are coming out in January apparently.

dfillius, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of paco1029384756
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color with one finger of white head.

Scent of strong, sweet hops, sugars and a hint of caramel. Much more hoppy that a typical ESB, but that is to be expected with Three Floyds.

Taste of bitter, fruity hops, caramel, and sugar. Finishes with more bitter and resiny hops. Strangely savory, all around a damn good beer.

Mouthfeel is medium light bodied and slight with a good strong carbonation.

paco1029384756, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of jjayjaye
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy rust amber color with a shallow loose foamy light tan head that fades to spotty patterns of Belgian lacing.

Smell suggests that this one is going to land outside the box...a substantial piny, floral hop bouquet with a somewhat sweeter undertone, but not what most would consider "true to style".

A tame offering by FFF standards, the citrus character edges out the sweet earthy malt flavor.

An easy drinker, I understand that this one will be 'bottle bound' soon. Unique product that I look forward to trying it again once this controversial, potentially notorious, British maritime hero is preserved forever as another 3-Floydian caricature.

jjayjaye, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of spointon
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at the Chicago Street Pub in Joliet, IL today.

A= This ale poured a slightly cloudy deep amber color with a 1/4" bubbly tan head. The head retained throughout and left huge sheets of lacing down my glass.

S= Lots of pine and citrus hops in this one. The malts were definitely overwhelmed against those hops and I could only just find a mild sweetness in the aroma.

T= Though this was technically way too hoppy for the style, it still tasted damn good. The front end was all piney hop resins and bitter citrus notes. Abut halfway through the malt base kicked in just enough to take the edge off the hops and set up the dry finish.

MF= Medium body - almost felt like the brewer might have snuck a bit of rye in there as the body was deliciously slick. Carbonation was moderately high, making this one finish nice and crisp.

D= A very enjoyable beer that breaks all of the "rules", but then there aren't a lot of rules for this style. I would have liked to see a bit more caramel sweetness in there but its a good beer for sure.

spointon, Nov 07, 2008
Photo of leftmindedrighty
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Three Floyds Brewpub, served in a Nonic pint glass

Smell, really big and pine-y hops. Almost offensive to a point. Little biscuit and twang from the alcohol.

Taste, Damn. Big pine-y hops up front. A smidge of dough creeps though, along with some residual sweetness. But gosh darn, do those hops come out. The malt here just didn't stand a chance.

Overall, a big dose of hops, and way too much for the style. But gosh o' gosh was this beer tasty. An ESB for the American Hop Head if there ever was one.

leftmindedrighty, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of mdm46410
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Three Floyds Brewpub. Served in an English pint glass. Pours a deep red/amber with a nice tan fluffy head. The head diminishes quickly. Leaves some nice lacing. Aroma is of lighly sweet fruity dry hops. Flavor is all sweet hops with sublte notes of caramel and fruit. Medium creamy body with a lightly bitter finish. This beer is excellent. Very smooth. A nice surprise!

mdm46410, Jun 02, 2007
Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

doubtless the top esb i've had, even better than boont or rogue. a deep, clear dark ruby in the glass with an off-white head and lacing. signature 3f's aromas of citric hops and sweet malt. some dark fruit and floral aromas as well in the nose. taste is balanced a little more towards the sweet malt despite the listed 55 ibu's which seemed to be playing a supportive role. not that i was complaining, though. perfectly carbonated, creamy, and lively. medium-bodied with a medium-long finish. this would be a top choice were i not at 3f's. having it fresh at the pub didn't hurt this one. one of the favorites among my party at our last visit to 3f's.
have had this several times since it's bomber release and surprisingly i've been even more impressed each time. best esb ever.

MrMcGibblets, May 28, 2007
Photo of philberinghele
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

English summer days
I cannot wait to return
Indiana spring

This is one of the better bitters I've had lately (on par with Rogue's Brutal Bitter) and it is very disappointing that they actually stopped serving it while I was at the pub. Nevertheless, I obviously got there just in time to try this stellar offering. Citrusy, but not quite as hoppy as some bitters (rogue), this was just right.

philberinghele, Apr 08, 2007
Photo of scruffwhor
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great amber, copper hue with very small and slow bubbles heading to the surface. LIght foamy head at time of serving that lasts for a few minutes after the first few sips. The aroma was a piney, floral hop bouquet with some bready mlats lingering here and there. Almost makes me think of candy for some reason. The taste has a great malty sweetness mixed with the complex hop bitterness. The mouthfeel was a little tooo astringent for an English beer. But still syrupy and smooth. Great beer.

scruffwhor, Apr 02, 2007
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Lord Rear Admiral from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
93 out of 100 based on 361 ratings.